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What is George Zimmerman Thinking?

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 In invoking the “God’s plan” message, George Zimmerman and his team of public relations specialists made a critical decision.  The man who shot and killed the unarmed youth Treyvon Martin in Sanford, Florida offered an exclusive interview to Fox News’ Sean Hannity and expressed little remorse while telling America that the events leading to, and Martin’s death were part of God’s plan.  What he did do was attempt to draw support from a different direction; the usually right leaning Christian groups, who are also often strong supporters of the Second Amendment.
The natural support base for Martin comes from the African American communities, and the fact that Al Sharpton took up the cause reinforces the image of the civil rights agenda, black versus white, and the underprivileged versus the middle and upper class.  Martin’s cause became known and big, getting all the way up to the President of the United States’ bully pulpit, and millions on the left rallied behind the boy’s family seeking justice for Treyvon.  Then came the pictures of Zimmerman walking through the police station, some had him looking uninjured and others showed him with a few band-aids on his head questioned Zimmerman’s version of events that fateful night. (Continue Reading)
Juda Engelmayer is President and Partner with the NY PR agency, HeraldPR

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The New York Times Plays Devil’s Advocate to God’s Messenger

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The New York Times Plays Devil’s Advocate to God’s Messenger
By: Juda Engelmayer

Who is Greg Smith, and why do we care? He was an employee who quit Goldman Sachs in a public way and posted it in a New York Times op-ed. The better question is why should we care? After all, Goldman Sachs probably has had staff quit before for a whole host of reasons, from better opportunities to being disillusioned, to just not meeting the expectations or needs. Gee, I have had some really good people quit the firm where I work, and quit on me for that matter. Some wrote letters too.  It’s not news; it’s life.

Work is just that, work. Some love it, some hate it, and some find it a calling; others just work because they need to pay the bills. I work because I enjoy what I do, but also because I get bored doing nothing; and I can certainly use the money. So what is Greg Smith’s deal that so many are now paying attention?

He quit one of the biggest financial institutions and lambasted it in perhaps the single most influential media venue still in print. Yet, it’s not news. Goldman has some 30,000 people working for it, and what are the odds that Greg Smith was not the only employee to walk out that door this same week? It begs the question as to why the New York Times printed it in the first place.

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Juda Engelmayer is President and Partner with the NY PR agency, HeraldPR

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